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Pikitup won’t leave contingency plans to chance

The waste removal company is deploying contractors to areas affected by the ongoing strike.

FILE. The strike, which has dragged on for almost a month now, has forced the City of Johannesburg to employ private contractors with a daily bill of R1 million. Picture: Tara Meaney/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Pikitup says it will not leave contingency plans to chance, adding that all contractors will be escorted by Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD), as they deploy teams to collect volumes of rubbish that's been piling up since the beginning of the strike.

The strike, which has dragged on for almost a month now, has forced the City of Johannesburg to employ private contractors with a daily bill of R1 million.

Workers affiliated with the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) have refused to go back to work despite court interdicts and threats to apply the 'no work no pay' principle.

Disciplinary hearings for an estimated 4,000 workers started yesterday and are likely to continue until Thursday.

Pikitup spokesperson Jacky Mashapu says they've stepped up their security operation to keep the streets clean.

"All our refuse collection crews are going to be escorted wherever they are going. The JMPD will make sure that each and every truck is escorted. We're not leaving any stone unturned and we're not going to be deterred."

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